Scott Walker claims God’s endorsement in launching presidential bid

It’s become a Republican tradition. Every election cycle, conservative lawmakers line up to tell conservative voters that their conservative God wants them to run for president. Last year, God gave assurances to no less than five candidates — Newt Gingrich, Herman Cain, Michelle Bachmann, Rick Santorum and Rick Perry — that they had a divine mandate to seek the Oval Office.

This year, John Kasich and Ben Carson have already invoked God when talking about their prospective presidential bids.

So it should come as no surprise that, in his first day as an official candidate, Scott Walker sent an email to supporters claiming that he is certain — beyond reasonable doubt! — that God has endorsed his 2016 bid. As Walker wrote (emphasis his):

My relationship with God drives every major decision in my life. Each day I pray and then take time to read from the Bible and from a devotional named Jesus Calling.

As you can imagine, the months leading up to my announcement that I would run for President of the United States were filled with a lot of prayer and soul searching.

Here’s why: I needed to be certain that running was God’s calling — not just man’s calling. I am certain: This is God’s plan for me and I am humbled to be a candidate for President of the United States.

Walker went on in the faith-themed email to tout his newly-passed 20-week abortion ban, along with his support for a constitutional amendment allowing states to define marriage as being between one man and one woman.

Of course, Walker’s assertion that he delayed announcing his candidacy because he hasn’t prayed hard enough is patently absurd. He delayed his announcement for purely secular reasons: notching a few more far-right victories in the Wisconsin legislature — including that 20-week abortion ban he’s so proud of — along with having a little extra time to raise money for his affiliated super PAC and avoiding having to file a second quarter campaign finance disclosure with the FEC.

Those are all smart reasons for announcing, although I can imagine God wouldn’t be too pleased with a candidate they so recently endorsed bearing false witness in claiming he was the motivating factor instead.

It’s unclear what Walker will say, or how he will approach his faith, if and when he loses. Although having God and the Koch brothers in your corner would seem to be enough to make one a seriously formidable candidate on their own.

In any case, election season serves as a semi-regular reminder that, despite being frequently asked to do so, God does not take sides in American politics. And if Jesus did, we’d have already seen him come down from the heavens and tell us all to vote for the pot-smoking socialist.


Jon Green graduated from Kenyon College with a B.A. in Political Science and high honors in Political Cognition. He worked as a field organizer for Congressman Tom Perriello in 2010 and a Regional Field Director for President Obama's re-election campaign in 2012. Jon writes on a number of topics, but pays especially close attention to elections, religion and political cognition. Follow him on Twitter at @_Jon_Green, and on Google+. .

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  • Scott Walker

    the Pope said that all climate deniers will rot in hell. So it is obvious their God is different than the Pope and most humans

  • Scott Walker

    I do not believe that just because you’re opposed to abortion, that that makes you pro-life. In fact, I think in many cases, your morality is deeply lacking if all you want is a child born but not a child fed, not a child educated, not a child housed. And why would I think that you don’t? Because you don’t want any tax money to go there. That’s not pro-life. That’s pro-birth. We need a much broader conversation on what the morality of pro-life is.”

  • mhandrh

    Is God endorsing all GOP candidates? They all seem to claim he has — they “heard” from him.

  • dapjet

    God save us from this hypocrite that wants to destroy the middle class and have us all working for peanuts again…….

  • pitman45

    So Scottie boy spends a substantial part of his day interacting with a fictional character?

  • 2karmanot

    My sky faerie can beat his sky faerie.

  • Yeah, it is pretty sick, especially when we know damned well that when all but one of them inevitably drops out of the race, we won’t hear word one about how they were wrong to claim God picked them to run.

    I suspect we already know what’ll happen though when Trump drops out: He’ll claim it’s because the American people were too stupid to recognize his overwhelming genius, and weren’t ready for the ‘classiest, most successful, most popular and most gold-encrusted presidential candidate who has ever run or ever will.’

  • I find it disturbing in the extreme when a man is so mendacious and/or delusional as to claim that a theoretically omnipotent super-deity of the entire universe hand-picked HIM for anything.

    Hubris and overweening pride don’t even begin to describe the presumption.

  • catalinda8

    And the funniest thing is that this being seems to have told several of them to run for POTUS. Never let it be said God doesn’t have a sense of humor. ;)

  • Butch1

    ;-)

  • 2karmanot

    Saccharo Papi O for sure.

  • 2karmanot

    “As you can imagine, the months leading up to my announcement that I
    would run for President of the United States were filled with a lot of
    prayer and soul searching.” ROTFL ” And gawd made the Kochs give me a few million dollars to prove it. Hallelujah!

  • The_Fixer

    The only time God enters the discussion among Wisconsinites when Walker is involved is when we say “God damn, now he wants to completely screw up the whole country instead of just Wisconsin!”

    I just love the hubris of these guys – a presumed supreme being has chosen them. It’s really quite sick.

  • Indigo

    Santa Pecunia, pray for them.

  • Indigo

    Possibly not, but clearly, he has an oversupply of dolts running for public offices.

  • Butch1

    Oh, he’s reading it like crazy now if he has to play the part of the fool. ;-)

  • Butch1

    I thought “God” didn’t make mistakes! ;-)

  • Butch1

    Everything they want; he is a “yes” man and will do everything they ask of him.

  • Butch1

    I worry about people who hear “voices” in their head and associate it to be their “invisible sky faerie.” Or they just say it happens to fool their ignorant religious base in order for the base to support them.

    In the case of Geo. Bush, I think he actually heard voices, but he is also a dry drunk and had used cocaine before finding religion, so who knows what the long term affects of that had done to his average brain.

  • Butch1

    Or both.

  • Butch1

    Better watch out, Huckabee, Cruz, Santorum, Jindal, Perry, Paul and all the others wearing the Bible as a beard. You have a new “huckster” in town.

  • Bill_Perdue

    Like all Democrats and Republicans Walker really bends his knee exclusively for Wall Street. What he really cares about, just like the Bushes, the Clintons and Obama is the endorsement or their money.

  • Sally

    Funny how God endorses the RW lunatics, then sits back and lets them lose. Of course, then they can blame God and not themselves, I guess. Looking at the GOP policies, I doubt Scotty has read much of the Bible at all, and certainly not every day. Wonder if that
    devotional of his comes from Liberty U or the Heritage Foundation?

  • mhandrh

    I am sure that his God tells him to implement those far-right policies in his state: tax cuts for the wealthy that decreased general revenue for the state, so the students, the poor and the needy are suffering; spending more tax dollars on prisons and fewer dollars on schools; relaxing pollution controls.
    Politicians like Walker make a mockery of religion — he is a charlatan, a self-serving, ambitious politician who is looking out for himself only.

  • MoonDragon

    I can see The Donald’s ads against
    Scotty: “I’m doing this with MY money. I won’t owe anybody but the voters
    anything. Can Walker say the same? What are Chuck and David (Koch) getting from
    him?”

  • olandp

    That God, he is such a card. He must tell them to run, then sit back and laugh. “Jesus, bring more popcorn, I got another one!”-God.

  • Indigo

    “God” endorsed him? Bwa-ha-ha-ha! That’s funnier than Donald Trump’s wig.

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